Cheshire East Council have confirmed the go ahead and is to invest for the second phase of the £2.3m Stableyard Project at Tatton Park. The park is managed by Cheshire East Council on behalf of the National Trust, which has been involved in and approved the plans to sustain this significant heritage asset. Purcell successfully obtained planning and listed building consent for the project in 2018 and has been commissioned to develop initial designs for the next phase of the scheme.

The new visitor arrival building

Phase 02 will complement the new visitor arrival building that is currently being constructed close to the main car park as part of the Phase 01 project. Part-funded by a grant from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, this will give an enhanced welcome to all visitors by providing information and orientation about the Park as well as the wider region, along with all-weather protection, disabled parking, seating and a tailor-made coach drop off point for schools and group visitors.

The 1,000-acre park, in Knutsford, is the jewel in the crown of the borough’s cultural heritage and leisure offer and the council’s cabinet has now approved the next phase in the ‘Tatton Vision’ investment programme.

The stableyard serves as a focal point for many of the 800,000 visitors the park receives each year. Phase 02 will see improved visitor facilities in the main stableyard shops and restaurants area, together with better access, landscaping and opportunities for seasonal events such as theatre, outdoor markets and exhibitions.

Following on from the success of the recently completed Field to Fork project at Tatton Park’s Farm, the new visitor arrival and Stableyard project will significantly improve both the quality of the visitor experience and the setting of this historically significant estate. The proposal will help to facilitate the ongoing conservation works at Tatton Park.

Damien Woolliscroft, Project Lead at Purcell
The proposed Stableyard

Due to complete in 2020, the Stableyard Project will be another contribution by Purcell following our longstanding work at the estate (since mid-2000s). Purcell is working with the main contractor FP Parkinsons on the scheme along with Planit and Patrick Parsons.

Purcell recently completed a full quinquennial survey of the 1000-acre Grade II* Registered Park and Gardens, which include 1 Grade I, 3 Grade II* and 22 Grade II Listed Buildings.